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updated 06:00 am EDT, Fri March 30, 2012

ETSI postpones nano-SIM vote due to divisions

Standards body ETSI has put the controversial nano-SIM vote on hold following a tumultuous build-up ahead of their latest meeting. According to FOSS Patents, the deep divisions between various smartphone makers including Apple, RIM and Nokia made it impossible to move forward with the vote as planned. Matters were further inflamed ahead of the vote with RIM also accusing Apple of vote-stacking by using proxies to conceal the identity of at least three member voters whom RIM has alleged actually work for Apple.

Ahead of the vote, Apple's proposed nano-SIM design had been expected to clinch the necessary numbers. However, both RIM and Nokia objected to the Apple design, even though Apple had offered to licence it free of charge. Nokia was not impressed however, and threatened to withhold its patents essential to the proposed nano-SIM design if Apple's design was picked ahead of its own. As a consequence, the vote cannot take place for at least the next 30 as per ETSI guidelines.

Further, SanDisk has also resisted Nokia's nano-SIM design, claiming that it looks too similar to the microSD card format and that, as such, could infringe on patents held by the SD Card Association. The Nokia and RIM designs are also generally viewed as problematic as their design would only work in a phone purpose designed to house the new layouts for subscriber data. The carriers prefer Apple's design as it avoids this problem.

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  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999



    It appears that both Nokia and RIM's argument against the Apple nano-sim design is that the new smaller sim might be jammed into older larger sim slots. Well, the last time I looked, it was pretty much always possible to push something smaller inside something larger, especially if you're a complete dumb+ss...

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    The carriers prefer Appleā€™s design as it avoids this problem.

    Well, I was all for Apple's design until I saw that. If the carriers are for it, can it really be good?

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    "If the carriers are for it"

    It's a really bad omen for end users...

  1. DaJoNel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2010


    Just this once.

    Maybe the carriers have it right. Apple's does look the most reasonable.

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